Friends, family remember fallen firefighter as hero

Friends, family and thousands of Wisconsin first responders packed the Portage High School gym Sunday to pay their respects to Lawrence Millard, a volunteer firefighter from Endeavor who was struck and killed by a passing car during a routine call on Interstate 39.

They remember Millard as someone who could fix anything. His younger brother often went to him for advice when working on any manner of projects.

“Any time I needed advice how to work a small engine, I would go to him and he would be able to help me get it running,” Christian Millard, Lawrence’s younger brother, said. “Between the two of us we could get anything working again.”

Lawrence Millard was a dedicated firefighter. Many who knew him said it was his calling. 

“(Firefighting) was his life,” Cindy Millard, Lawrence’s sister, said. He would help anyone and everyone. He just had a heart of gold.”

But most of all, they remember him as a hero who died helping others.

“He was protecting people in the accident when he was hit,” Cindy Millard said. “He parked his truck behind those people to protect them from the other drivers on the road. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”